Te Mana Hauora O Te Tairawhiti
27 May 2016
Marion Gibson recently won the Lifetime Services to Nursing Award at the Annual Nurses and Midwives of Tairāwhiti (NAMOT) Awards. Marion has had an incredible career in nursing spanning over 5 decades. Originally from the East Coast Marion’s nursing career began as a nurse aide a St. Helens Maternity Hospital here in Childers Road 57 years ago. She began her formal training in 1959 in Waipukurau, where she also met her future husband.
From there, her career progressed to a private hospital in Sydney before returning to good old Te Tairāwhiti. After a break to start a family, Marion became the public health nurse at Tokomaru Bay and then worked as a staff nurse at Te Puia before coming to Cook Hospital in 1974, where she demonstrated her tenacity and determination that she is remembered for by so many.
Marion was one of the first nurses in the area to take up post graduate study leading the way for the future and gaining an Advanced Diploma of Nursing in 1987.
After many years as the Charge Nurse for Ward 5 at Gisborne Hospital, Marion took retirement around the year 2000. However, her well-deserved break was short lived, as she soon returned to pilot the new Duty Nurse Manager role which is not standard procedure for Gisborne Hospital.
Marion is a true pioneer for nursing education, leading the way for nurses of this generation to continue to develop their care opportunities. Marion’s compassion and enthusiasm is shown by her continued support for nurses, not only in a professional capacity, but also her own family who is now in its fourth generation of nursing. Following her own mother who was also a nurse, Marion’s daughter Megan and now granddaughter McKenzie have also chosen to follow in this inspiring woman’s footsteps.